Elane Photography religious liberty case heads to Supreme Court | Washington Post

Ross Douthat: The terms of our surrender

Entrusting marriage to liberals/progressives

    Paul Kengor at The American Spectator: “What’s happening in Arizona and elsewhere is precisely what I’ve warned people about for some time: Don’t entrust liberals/progressives with the institution of marriage. You do so at great peril to the culture and republic. It’s bad enough to acquiesce to their breathtaking efforts to suddenly redefine an ancient, natural, and Biblical institution. It will be far worse to deal with the unforeseen consequences of their actions.”


  • Posted: 02/28/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: spectator.org

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Mona Charen: The traditional family structure isn’t obsolete

    Mona Charen at National Review: “Examining married parents, Brad Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies finds that most are following a ‘neo-traditional’ pattern. Mothers do nearly 70 percent of the childcare and housework in these households, while fathers do 65 percent of the breadwinning. Though scorned as outmoded, this pattern actually matches women’s preferences. Fifty-three percent of married mothers say that part-time work is ideal, and another 23 percent prefer to be stay-at-home moms.”


  • Posted: 02/28/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Jonah Goldberg: Celebrate same-sex “marriage” — or else

Denny Burk: Does this look like Jim Crow to you?

Ilya Somin on implications of Texas marriage ruling

Kentucky ordered to recognize out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

“Gay marriage debate hits critical mass with judge tossing Texas ban” | Denver Post

“Notice of appeal in Va. gay marriage ruling filed” | AP

Same-sex “marriage” advocates file brief in Utah case

Eric Holder: Actually, somebody does have to defend marriage amendments

    Washington Examiner: “After his speech . . . Holder returned for a question-and-answer session. Tom Horne, the attorney general of Arizona — a man who has his hands full if there ever was one — asked Holder a question. The adversarial system requires that in a lawsuit, two sides make their case, after which a judge makes a decision that everyone agrees to abide by. But on the marriage issue, Holder is advocating that one side not show up. . . . To the surprise of some listeners, Holder said yes — someone should defend a state’s marriage laws in court, and it is the attorney general’s job to make that happen.”


  • Posted: 02/26/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Judge strikes down Texas marriage amendment; AG to appeal

Pro-family leaders defend true marriage against lawsuits in Oklahoma and Michigan | LifeSiteNews

MO: Boone County to accept out-of-state same-sex “marriage” licenses

Mohler: Caesar, coercion, and the Christian conscience

Briefing set for Virginia marriage appeal in 4th Circuit

County clerk asks 10th Circuit to uphold Okla. marriage amendment

Holder says state attorneys general not obligated to defend marriage amendments

“Lawyers: Gay marriage a detriment to children” | AP

Trial may redefine Michigan’s marriage amendment, adoption laws

Brief in Okla. marriage amendment lawsuit expected | AP

Kay Hymowitz: As nonmarital births rise, women becoming more likely to plan pregnancies

    Kay Hymowitz at Family Studies: “Liberals presume structural forces—poverty, a dearth of marriageable men, and limited access to contraception and abortion—explain the rise in unmarried childbearing of the past half-century. These factors matter, but only up to a point. There’s no way to understand what’s happened to the family without looking at cultural changes as well. A growing number of Americans view having a child and getting married as two entirely unrelated life choices. We shouldn’t be surprised to find that people actually act on their beliefs.”


  • Posted: 02/24/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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R.R. Reno: The enduring appeal of marriage

    R.R. Reno at First Things: “It’s not an accident that proponents of gay rights have fixed upon marriage. Some say it’s a cynical play for social acceptance: If they can win equality in marriage, then they can win it anywhere. Undoubtedly true, but superficial. The mystery of marriage conducts a powerful electrical current. It not only legitimates same-sex relationships; it also answers a basic human need for permanence, for union with another, for family, for a place to stand in the terrible flux of human life.”


  • Posted: 02/24/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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California Methodists move to allow same-sex “marriages” despite church doctrine

Russell D. Moore: Are Christians hypocrites on weddings and consciences?

Advocates of same-sex “marriage” seek ballot measure to repeal Ohio marriage amendment

Couple married in UK’s first ever Scientology wedding

Where the courts are on Nevada’s marriage amendment

Setting the stage for the Loving of our time | Charleston L. Rev.

Attorneys on both sides of Oklahoma’s marriage case work for free | The Oklahoman

Same-sex couples allowed to wed in Cook County, Illinois

Same-sex “marriage” lawsuits exploding in U.S. courts | NBC

Vaughn Walker’s “rational basis” decision in Perry now embraced by courts

Uproar over McConnell challenger’s comments on legal implications of same-sex “marriage”

UK Supreme Court judge Lord Wilson backs same-sex “marriage”

Pa. lawyers defend state’s marriage amendment

Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum won’t defend marriage amendment

Maxie Dunnam: Can we trust the United Methodist Church on marriage?

    Maxie Dunnam at Canon & Culture: “Can we trust the church in its understanding of marriage? If we can’t, then what can we trust the church with? . . . In his teaching, Jesus Christ underscored the importance and sacredness of lifelong marriage between one woman and one man. . . . This is the corporate, and continuing witness of the Church throughout history. We need to keep in mind that how we think must not be restricted to random feelings and even individual interpretation of Scripture. We need to be in harmony with the whole Body of Christ and all the saints now and forever.”


  • Posted: 02/20/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.canonandculture.com

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Alaska AG: State will continue to defend marriage amendment

Federal civil rights lawsuit seeks to overturn Ohio’s marriage amendment

Same-sex “marriage” advocates denied marriage licenses in Philadelphia

Idaho couples ask judge to rule on same-sex “marriage”

Nine couples seek to overturn Colorado’s marriage amendment

Polygamy bill yanked from the Utah legislature

“Up for polyamory? Creating alternatives to marriage”

Second judge ponders Virginia’s same-sex “marriage” ban

Court urged to not impose marriage redefinition in Italy | CNA

Manufacturing consent on same-sex “marriage”

Brian Brown: Judge Wright Allen’s wrong

Indiana moves closer to constitutional ban on same-sex “marriage”

OK: Same-sex “marriage” laws, religious business owners on collision course | Tulsa World

Dennis Prager: Judicial hubris is winning in marriage debate

    Dennis Prager at Townhall: “All these judges have a hubris that is simply breathtaking. They not only know that they read the Constitution more accurately than the vast majority of the residents of many of America’s states, but they are also entirely comfortable with forcing great majorities of Americans to accept this new definition of marriage. That it is conceit rather than legal reasoning is easily shown when one peruses the opinions of these judges.”


  • Posted: 02/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Va. marriage ruling prompts little reaction from Cuccinelli

European human rights court allows ADF to defend Italy’s marriage laws

Washington to convert domestic partnerships into “marriages”

Church of England rules out blessings for same-sex “marriages”

Indiana: State Senate expected to vote on HJR3 today

Kansas Senate leaders say they’ll alter language in religious freedom bill

TN bill would let wedding vendors refuse service if same-sex “marriage” ban struck down

Virginia the latest state to be impacted by court ruling on same-sex “marriage” | Aleteia

Fight over same-sex “marriage” moving to federal courts | AP

Federalism as a Way Station: Windsor as Exemplar of Doctrine in Motion

Couples ask judge to allow same-sex “marriage” in Kentucky

ADF, county clerk considering appeal of decision against Va. marriage amendment

    “The people of Virginia understand that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life, especially for children who deserve both a mom and a dad. Understanding that truth, the voters of Virginia approved a constitutional amendment to affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The court’s reasoning, however, would permit nearly every relationship to be a marriage so long as it is grounded in choice and emotion, yet that’s not what marriage or true liberty has ever been. Because the court’s ruling interferes with the right of Virginians to determine the future of marriage in their state and raises serious constitutional issues, we are reviewing the judge’s decision with our client and considering our next steps.”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.adfmedia.org

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Francis J. Beckwith: Why privatizing marriage can’t work

    Francis J. Beckwith at The Catholic Thing: “The only way to resolve these disputes is for the state to intervene. What to do with children, property, state residency, freedom of movement, etc. when marital relationships break down are public issues. They are not private ones. Consequently, in such a privatization of marriage scenario, the state would actually become more intrusive into ecclesial matters than it is at present.”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thecatholicthing.org

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Sens. Cruz and Lee introduce State Marriage Defense Act

“Norfolk federal judge rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional” | WVEC

Virginia judge strikes down same-sex “marriage” ban | USA Today

Federal judge overturns Virginia’s marriage amendment

Indiana marriage fight delayed, not over | AP

How to save marriage in America

    The Atlantic: “American marriage is not dying. But it is undergoing a metamorphosis, prompted by a transformation in the economic and social status of women and the virtual disappearance of low-skilled male jobs. The old form of marriage, based on outdated social rules and gender roles, is fading. A new version is emerging—egalitarian, committed, and focused on children.”


  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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Young Hoosiers believe marriage is not subject to whims of time

    Julie Kitchel of Young Hoosiers for Marriage at The Indianapolis Star: “Contrary to media reports, young Hoosiers do support HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman if Hoosiers are given the chance to vote this November. Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research showed that 54 percent of 18-34- year-olds support the proposed amendment. But perhaps more telling than the polls were the more than 100 young Hoosiers who gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday. They represent that there are young people from around the state who care about marriage and desire the opportunity to vote this November.”


  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.indystar.com

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